Gatton History immortalised

GATTON resident, Rob Wilson has lent a piece of history to the National Museum in Canberra.

Mr Wilson said the story of his grandfather, Tom Wilson sparked the interest of curators at the museum.

“My daughter is curator down there and she was telling them about my grandfather's diary, dated 1884, that he wrote on the boat on the way over here, which we still have in very good condition,” he said.

“People from the museum came up here had a look at the stuff here and the things that are at the historical society, and a few items of Tom Wilson's were selected.

“The main thing was the plough that he made in about 1890, that we had in our garden that had his personal stamp on it.”

Mr Wilson said the plough has been a household fixture for a number of years.

“It was just in the garden and it has his name on in, made about 1890 and it's as solid as the day it was made,” he said.

“I got it from a farmer who had it on his property and found it with my grandfather's name on it and he was doing a clean up and thought I might like it.

“He must have either bought it from my grandfather or someone before him had, so there is quite a bit of local history there,” he said.

Mr Wilson said his grandfather is just one of the hundred stories to be highlighted by the exhibition.

“Nearly 200 different groups came out from Ireland, so it's good to be include and it's good for the Historical society out here.

“We are pretty chuffed about it.”

Rob and Jocelyn Wilson will attend the National Museum of Australia, Irish in Australia exhibition opening St Patrick's Day next year to see their plough, photographs and other handmade tools on display.


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